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Bruce J. West

Bruce West (right) of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory receives the 2011 Army Wilks Medal from 2010 recipient Arthur Fries of the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Bruce J. West is the 2011 recipient of the U.S. Army Wilks Award, presented during the Army Conference on Applied Statistics held in Annapolis, Maryland, in October of 2011. This award was established in 1981 to commemorate the career of Samuel S. Wilks and his service to the Army. It is given periodically to a “deserving individual who has made a substantial contribution to statistical methodology and application, impacting the practice of statistics in the Army through personal research in statistics or application of statistics in the solution of Army problems.”

West was honored for his pioneering contributions to the development of nonstationary, nonergodic statistical modeling techniques applicable to broad classes of adaptive phenomena and complex networks. He is the chief scientist (mathematics) in the information sciences directorate of the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO). West led the development of the Army’s basic research program on network science (NS), culminating with the formation of the Army Research Laboratory Director’s Research Initiative on NS in 2007 and the establishment of a new ARO division on NS in 2008. Additionally, his research directly supported the creation and application of new analytical methods for detecting and assessing soldier injury, disease, and physiologic pathologies.

West earned his PhD in physics from the University of Rochester in 1970. His research, in academic settings and after joining the ARO in 1999, has focused on modeling complex phenomena: physical processes whose evolution cannot be described simply by differential equations or other definitive mathematical formulations; applications of discontinuous statistical processes (Levy distributions) to quantum chaos, nonequilibrium statistical physics, and biomedical time series; fractional calculus for stochastic processes; and fractals and power-law distributions. An elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, he serves in key editorial posts for three journals and is co-author of 10 books and nearly 400 peer-reviewed publications.

Jae Chang Lee and Vijay Nair



ASA members Jae Chang Lee and Vijay Nair became president and president-elect, respectively, of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) after the World Statistics Congress in Dublin in August of 2011.

Lee is professor emeritus at the University of Korea in Seoul. He earned his PhD from The Ohio State University and worked as a faculty member in the United States for a few years before returning to South Korea. He spent most of his career at Korea University, where he served as faculty member, department chair, and dean. He is the founding chief of the statistical engineering lab at the Korea Standard Research Institute and co-editor of Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, the official journal of the International Association for Statistical Computing. Lee’s honors include the Distinguished Service Award from the Korean Statistical Association (1986), Presidential Award for Statistical Contributions from the Korean Government (1993), and Order of Service Merit from the Korean Government (2002).

Nair is Donald A. Darling Professor of Statistics and professor of industrial and operational engineering at the University of Michigan. He was chair of the department of statistics from 1998–2010. Nair earned his undergraduate degree from Malaysia and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He spent 15 years as a research scientist at Bell Labs in New Jersey before moving to Michigan. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ASA, American Society for Quality, and Institute of Mathematical Statistics and a Senior Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows. Nair is president of the International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics, a former editor of Technometrics, and current co-editor of the International Statistical Review.

The ISI is an umbrella organization for seven international statistical associations: Bernoulli Society for Probability and Mathematical Statistics, International Association of Official Statistics, International Association of Survey Statistics, International Association of Statistical Education, International Association for Statistical Computing, International Association for Industrial and Business Statistics, and the Environmetrics Society.

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